A Beautiful Morning on Duck Lake

It was another of those quiet mornings on the lake, the surface so smooth.  A good morning for the water fowl as well.

This mallard took off right in front of me.  I was fortunate to be ready for the take-off.

A mallard duck takes off.

A mallard duck takes off.

On his way.
On his way.

I also had my first loon sighting of the season, a pair near the south end of the lake.

First loon sighting of the season.

First loon sighting of the season.

 

A pair of loons on the lake

A pair of loons on the lake

A trio of merganzer ducks having a debate.

Merganzer's debate

Merganzer’s debate

What did you say?

What did you say?

Merganzer 3_MG_5811

 

And, of course, the turtles were sunning themselves on the logs.  They are so nervous that is it hard to get good photos of them.  They hear you coming, even in a quiet kayak, and slip into the water before you can get the camera ready.  These two were a bit more obliging.

Pair of turtles sunning themselves

Pair of turtles sunning themselves

Sunning Turtle

Sunning Turtle

What a great way to start the day!  I hope yours is off to a good start, too.

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